KUALA LUMPUR – Seven men and two women were arrested today on suspicion of offering bribes in the course of renewing the temporary work permits (PLKS) of foreign workers in four states.
A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source said the 11am arrests were carried out simultaneously in Selangor, Perak, Penang and Johor.
He said the suspects aged between 33 and 50 were believed to be agents for the foreign workers. Three of them were picked up in Selangor, Johor (three), Penang (two) and Perak (one).
It is believed the suspects belonged to separate syndicates in the states.
The source said the dismantling of the syndicates was a joint venture between MACC and MyEG Services Berhad (MyEG) after discovering corruption in the renewing process of the PLKS online via the company portal.
“The syndicates are believed to offer bribes of between RM50 and RM700 for each application to facilitate obtaining the PLKS without following established procedures,” he added.
MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani confirmed the arrests.
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